Revelation 12:7-12 / War In Heaven

Posted on October 25, 2015

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This is the thirty-second in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Revelation. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of October 25, 2015. This message looks at the casting out of Satan. This post contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes. Please note that the sermon notes are not necessarily a full transcript.

SERMON AUDIO:

Rev. 12:7-12

SERMON NOTES:

vv.7-8:

This is subsequent to the original fall of Satan, which was referenced in the previous section of Scripture. This is when Satan is actually cast out of heaven, it hasn’t happened yet. It will be at the second half of the tribulation.

This provides the explanation as to why the dragon has turned on the woman and caused her to flee into the desert for protection.

The events on earth during the tribulation find their counterpart in heaven. A state of war has existed since the fall of Satan.

  • Daniel 10:13
  • Jude 9

However, during the tribulation, that war will intensify. The time of this war in heaven is not specifically indicated, but the context refers to the end time.

v.9:
Satan and his demons were cast out of heaven at the time of their original rebellion, but today, they still have access to the throne of God.

  • Job 1:6

During this final heavenly battle, that access will be denied, and they will be forever barred from heaven.
“Devil” comes from a Greek verb meaning “to slander” or “to falsely accuse.” He is a malignant liar.

  • John 8:44
  • 1 John 3:8
  • 1 John 2:1

Satan, meaning “adversary,” or “enemy,” appears especially in Job and the Gospels. deceiver of the whole world. As he has throughout human history, Satan will deceive people during the tribulation.

  • Revelation 13:14
  • John 8:44

After his temporary release from the bottomless pit at the end of the Millennium, he will briefly resume his deceitful ways.

  • Revelaton 20:7-8

v.10:
There is rejoicing in heaven, because Satan will soon be defeated for good. The accuser will finally be brought to justice.

v.11:
His accusations will not be able to stand against believers. Satan is unsuccessful because of Christ our Advocate. No accusation can stand against those whose sins have been forgiven because of Christ’s sacrificial death.

  • 1 John 2:1
  • Romans 8:33–34

v.12:
Satan has failed. Therefore, the heavens and all who are in them should be glad. But Satan does not accept defeat without a bitter struggle. His final death throes are directed exclusively toward “the earth and the sea.” Therefore their inhabitants will mourn, for the devil will redouble his effort in one last futile attempt to make the most of an opportunity that he knows will be brief.

Knowing that his time is limited, Satan will intensify his efforts against God and mankind, and specifically target Israel. However, even now, in the church age, Satan is active. 

  • 1 Peter 5:8

He fights against God’s church, even today, and we should never let our guard down (Even Michael didn’t dare take him on by himself.)

What’s the solution? Resist the devil and draw near to God.

  • James 4:7-8

With the victorious King of Kings, Jesus Christ as our advocate, Satan is already defeated. We simply need to resist the devil and draw near to God.

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